Undertaker Patrick Pennyman is found dead with his wrists slashed and suspicion turns towards a spiritualist church.

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Elizabeth Key
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Janet Pennyman
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Thomas Marr
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Anne Marr
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Rosetta Price
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John Whittle
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James Griss
Julian Curry ...
Ronald Burgess
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Sylvia Burgess
Kathryn Pogson ...
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Det. Supt. Barnaby and DS Scott investigate the murder of Patrick Pennyman, an undertaker in the village of Fletcher's Cross. The man's wife thinks he committed suicide but the pathologist determines he was killed. The man died soon after his return home after attending a service at the local spiritualist church, itself the source of some controversy in the village. As the investigation progresses, the police learn that Pennyman was generally disliked. Former employees, business partners and others all had a grudge against him of one sort or another. Barnaby believes the head of the Spiritualist church to be a charlatan and while there is a link to the ever increasing number of murder victims, the solution to the crimes is to be found in an illicit love affair. Written by garykmcd

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It is stated that bornite or peacock ore is a healer of grief. It is produced as the mineral chalcopyrite oxides and is a copper iron sulfide mineral. See more »

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When being questioned about her friend Elizabeth's death, Joyce says that her friend wanted "some answers". Tom responds with "justice from whom in particular?" Wanting answers and getting justice are not the same thing. See more »

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Eve Whittle: Let us start with a prayer.
Rosetta Price: Great Spirit, we welcome you. Place a pyramid of protection over this building, and around every home represented here this evening. We ask our guides and the doorkeepers who help us to be with us during this meeting. We speak to you in love, and light, and truth, and leave ourselves in your loving hands. Eternity was yesterday, and is today, and continues forward forever.
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A Bad Undertaking
14 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The disreputable, thieving local undertaker is found by his wife, his head crushed and his wrists slit. It doesn't take long to reveal that it is not a suicide. Religion is at a standstill in this little village which once boasted quite large church attendance. A new church, one where spiritualism is practice (using a medium to call up the dear departed), has reared its head and has a relatively faithful falling. A strange woman is plying her trade and collecting money for her services. We never know how legitimate she is. She admits to jazzing things up a bit, but her trances are quite dramatic. There is a woman who befriends Joyce. She reveals that she blames this new church for the heart attack death of her mother. She is spying and gets in over her head. She is murdered the same way as the undertaker. There is obviously someone out there who is not happy. There are several suspects because there are at least two men (the undertaker being one of them) that are not very popular with the populace. There are others who just have a violent bent who could be responsible. Soon some very strange goings on start to multiply. I rather enjoyed this episode.


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